Shaili Singh gained India’s third medal on the ongoing U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi on Sunday. Right here’s all the things you must learn about her:
Shaili Singh won India’s third medal at the ongoing U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi on Sunday. The 17-year-old lengthy jumper jumped 6.59m on the U20 Worlds. The trouble—her private greatest—was wanting the gold-medal-winning effort by only one centimetre, jumped by Sweden’s reigning European junior champion Maja Askag.
Shaili was main on the finish of the third spherical however the 18-year-old Swedish jumper overtook her by one centimetre within the fourth spherical. This was to be the distinction ultimately. Mariia Horielova of Ukraine took the bronze with a greatest leap of 6.50m.
So who’s Shaili, who has proven potential to turn into the subsequent wunderkid of Indian athletics?
Right here’s all the things you must learn about her:
Raised by a single mom
The Jhansi-born athlete was raised by a single mom, Vinita, who used to work as a tailor. Shaili had gained the ladies’s lengthy leap occasion on the Nationwide (Senior) Inter-State Championships in June with an effort of 6.48m, her earlier private greatest. She is the present U-18 World No 2 and U-20 nationwide file holder. Nonetheless, there have been 4 different jumpers forward of her within the provisional entry listing for the lengthy leap occasion.
Anju Bobby George’s protégé
The 17-year-old Shaili has been groomed by Robert George, the husband and coach of Anju Bobby George. She at present trains on the academy of Anju Bobby George in Bengaluru.
Robert took Shaili below his wing nearly 4 years in the past, a report in The Indian Express stated. Robert first noticed his ward leaping on the junior nationwide championships at Vijayawada’s Manglagiri. However although Shaili solely completed fifth, Robert noticed a spark in her and instantly spoke to her to get her to affix the academy of his spouse, observe and subject legend Anju Bobby George.
LONG JUMPER SHAILI SINGH WINS
A SILVER MEDAL with a leap of 6.59m
European Champion Maja Askag of Sweden takes residence Gold with a leap of 6.60m, a centimetre higher!
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 22, 2021
Heartbroken by a silver medal
Robert, in keeping with a report in The Press Belief of India, stated after the silver medal that Shaili was weeping after the occasion.
“She was weeping (after the occasion), she knew she might have gained the gold. There was a little bit of a technical difficulty whereas touchdown, in any other case she might have cleared 6.65m and even 6.70m,” he stated earlier than including: “It’s the first time she has not profitable a gold in any competitors. She (Shaili) hates silver and she or he is the massive factor after Neeraj Chopra.”
The younger however promising jumper stated: “I might have jumped farther than the 6.59m and gained the gold. My mom had instructed me about profitable gold and the nationwide anthem being sung within the stadium (however I couldn’t do it).”
Since she’s simply 17, she will nonetheless compete on the subsequent version of the U20 World Championships, which will probably be held within the metropolis of Cali in Colombia. If she makes the minimize, she might additionally compete on the Commonwealth Video games and the Asian Video games within the coming yr.
“I’m simply 17, I need a gold in subsequent,” she stated.